Statues and dolls

26 Feb

There are many interesting statues around Japan…especially in or near train stations.

Often they are of a famous person who lived in the area, a cartoon character whose story took place in that area, or of something or someone that the area is famous for.

I have taken photos of many statues around Japan over the years…maybe oneday I’ll go through them and make a post about them all—but for now, here are just a few that I’ve taken with my ケータイ (cell-phone) camera:

両津勘吉 (Ryoutsukankichi)

両津勘吉 (Ryoutsukankichi)

At 御宿 (Onjuku, Chiba, Japan)

At 御宿 (Onjuku, Chiba, Japan)

Tora-san

Tora-san

Sumo

Sumo

Whale

Whale

I’ve got many more photos of statues…as I wrote above, maybe I’ll write another blog-post later about them all.

Next Tuesday (March 3rd) is ひな祭 (Doll Festival).

On this day, families with daughters set up elaborate sets of dolls of Japanese royalty, and eat a special type of 寿司 (sushi) called ちらし寿司 (Chirashizushi).

I have three daughters, so of course we have a ひな祭の人形 (Doll Festival dolls) set.

Click here to read my FAQ about ひな祭 (Doll Festival).

ひな祭りの人形 (Doll Festival set)

ひな祭りの人形 (Doll Festival set)

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8 Responses to “Statues and dolls”

  1. tokyo5 February 28, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Eric…

    Yeah, come to Tokyo and I’ll show it to you.

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    • Eric February 28, 2009 at 10:24 am #

      I might take you up on that offer someday.

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      • tokyo5 February 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

        Alright. Let me know whenever you come down to Tokyo.

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  2. Eric February 27, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    I want to see the Tora-san statue some day. He’s such a lovable troublemaker that Tora-san!

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    • tokyo5 February 27, 2009 at 12:44 am #

      It’s in 柴又 (Shibamata)…the character’s hometown in the TV series.

      There’s a “Tora-san Museum” there.

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      • Eric February 27, 2009 at 10:05 am #

        I didn’t know about the museum. Now there’s even more reason to go.

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  3. Masako February 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    A statue that I visited and photographed in Japan is Hachiko. I read about it and went looking for it.
    When I was a child my mom used to make a special dinner on Girls Day. These days I pick up mochi and take it to my mom and Grandma.

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    • tokyo5 February 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

      Yes, Hachiko is probably the most famous statue in Japan.

      I wrote a post about the Hollywood remake of the Hachiko movie…and included a photo of the statue in 渋谷 (Shibuya, Tokyo).
      It’s here:
      https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/another-movie/

      Besides that one and the ones in this post, there are still many other statues around Tokyo (and I have photos of many).

      BTW, I heard they’re making a new Hachiko statue to coincide with the new Hollywood film. It’ll be in お台場 (Odaiba, Tokyo).

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